Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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University can wrap up the Southern Premier League title tomorrow with a win over second-placed Clarence United at 6pm at Wentworth Park.

All games were postponed last weekend, so both sides will be well rested and eager for combat.

Jed Donoghue smiles

Photo:  Tilford Zebras coach Jed Donoghue can only smile and hope that South Hobart will slip up [PlessPix]

South Hobart are just two steps away from claiming the Victory League title and they should take the first of those steps when they meet sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United away at Lightwood Park at 2pm on Sunday.

With four games remaining, South Hobart need just two wins to snare their seventh title in a row.

(FFA Cup, Round of 32, KGV Park, Tuesday, 5 August 2014)

South Hobart 1 (S Keddey og 69)

Tuggeranong United 1 (Z Munster 85)

HT: 0-0 FT: 1-1 AET: 1-1 Penalty Shoot-out: 4-5

Att: 1,472 Ref: P Chaplin (Vic)

South Hobart: Moncur - Kass (Hunt 113), Lewis, Ludford, Scott - Undy, Ludlow, Morton - Mann, Hamlett (Hall 63), Brennan (Subs not used: Lamont, J Stevens, Thomas, C Downes, Becker)

Tuggeranong United: Shepherd - Kiddey, Pettit, Reis, Doherty - Toole (Murphy 80), Cobertaldo (E Munster 98), Stewart, Menser - Zed, Ruiz (Z Munster 71) (Subs not used: McKenzie, Gurney)

FFA CUP Round of 32

South Hobart 1 (S Kiddey og 69) drew with Tuggaranong United 1 (Z Munster 85)

Tuggaranong United won the penalty shoot-out 5-4.

Forshaw Steve 4 August 2014 KGV

Photo:  Tuggeranong United coach Steve Forshaw [PlessPix]

South Hobart and Tuggeranong United should both be close to full strength when they meet in the FFA Cup Round-of-32 game at KGV Park at 7.30pm today.

South Hobart will be without first-choice goalkeeper Kane Pierce, who is suspended, while Tuggeranong will be without their reserve goalkeeper, who is injured.

S Forshaw and Scholes

Photo:  Tuggeranong coach Steve Forshaw (left) and captain Tim Stewart at today's media conference [PlessPix]

Tuggeranong United from the ACT fly in to Hobart today for tomorrow night’s FFA Cup match against South Hobart.

Tuggeranong beat Monaro 5-1 on the weekend in their final game before this cup clash, while South Hobart downed Northern Rangers 4-1 in their Victory League game.

A Brennan stretches for ball

Photo:  South Hobart's Andy Brennan stretches for the ball while under pressure from Northern Rangers' Josh Burk [PlessPix]

South Hobart produced a polished performance to beat Northern Rangers 4-1 at KGV Park on Saturday and maintain their 6-point lead at the top of the Victory League standings with four games remaining.

Rangers took the lead after just 9 minutes when Todd Hingston headed home after a corner.

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Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins (left) and new FFT CEO Michael Palmer at today's media conference [PlessPix]

Michael Palmer, the new CEO of Football Federation Tasmania, was presented to the media today by FFT president Sean Collins.

Palmer starts in the job tomorrow and takes over from interim CEO Josh Bradshaw.